Rathcroghan Guided Archaeological Tour

What can I expect
  • Guided tour with a qualified historian/archaeologist of the site & Oweynagat Cave, Ireland's 'Gate to Hell'
  • An insight into the rich history, folklore, and cultural heritage associated with Rathcroghan.
  • Hear stories of King Dathi and warrior Queen Medb
  • Entry to the Rathcroghan Museum
  • Visit the home of over 240 archaeological sites
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Rathcroghan Visitor Centre - Rathcroghan Guided Archaeological Tour


Rathcroghan played a crucial role in the early medieval period and is associated with legendary figures & events from Irish mythology. On this tour you will be guided through Rathcroghan’s rich archaeology, mythology and history dating back over 5,000 years. Commencing in Medieval Tulsk you will be guided through Tulsk Fort and Priory. You will then be transported through various periods in time, spanning from the Neolithic Period to the Bronze and Iron Age, exploring Rathcroghan Mound and its surrounding monuments. This tour involves hands-on demonstrations, storytelling, and other immersive experiences.



Archaeological monuments discussed on the guided tour may include;

  • Rathcroghan Mound
  • Ringforts & Earthworks
  • Iron Age Tombs
  • Daithí’s Stone
  • Medb's Palace
  • The Mucklaghs

.......and many more!


The tour also includes entry to Oweynagat, the ‘Gate to Hell’, a journey into the Irish Otherworld for those who dare! Oweynagat is a significant and mythological rich cave associated with Rathcroghan. According to Irish mythology, it is considered the birthplace of the Samhain festival - Celtic Halloween. Accessibility to the cave may depend on various factors, such as weather conditions and safety considerations. Please note from May to August inclusive, only the 14:00pm will provide entry to Oweynagat cave.



Included with your Rathcroghan Guided Tour ticket is access to both the Rathcroghan Museum and Interpretive Rooms. The museum is home to the 'Óenach Cruachain' collection which contains some stunning artefacts from the grounds of Rathcroghan. This collection was formerly housed in the National Museum of Ireland and was previously inaccessible to the public for viewing. It is truly a must see on your visit!


Tour duration - Approximately 2.5 Hours



Rathcroghan involves many outdoor exhibits, please be mindful of the weather and dress appropriately.



Address - Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, Tulsk, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, Ireland, F45 HH5



Cancellation Policy:

  • A full refund will be given if the tour is cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the start of their booked activity.
  • Please note all site tours are weather dependent and may be cancelled due to inclement conditions. In these cases a full refund will be provided.
  • The tour is provided in English only.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Trip Advisor

Amazing experience

Jan 2024 • Family

Our tour guide was amazing, she was entertaining and informative about Irish history. Overall great experience

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